Workshop on Strengthening Science-Policy-Society Interface for Implementing Sustainability Science for Biodiversity Conservation in ASEAN and Asia Pacific Region

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Background
As outlined by the Sustainability Science Programme at Harvard University’s Center for International Development: “Sustainability Science is an emerging field of problem-driven, interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to facilitate interventions that foster shared prosperity and reduced poverty while protecting the environment. It offers integrated scientific learning, with a greater focus on sustainability along with a greater community relevant understanding of the human environmental interrelatedness. The field is defined by the problems it addresses rather than the disciplines it employs. It draws from multiple disciplines of the natural, social, and engineering sciences, from the professions, and from practical filed experience in business, government, and civil society.”

In order to apply sustainability science approach, UNESCO Jakarta, in its capacity as the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, has been implementing the project “Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)” financially assisted by Malaysian Funds-In-Trust and “Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)” financially assisted by Japanese Funds-in-Trust. Five demonstration sites have been established in three countries across the region:

  • Siem Reap/Tonle Sap, Cambodia: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Enhancing Angkor World Heritage Site and Siem Reap City Water Systems”.
  • Langkawi Geopark, Malaysia: “Establishment of Sustainability Science Demonstration Site on Water and Environmental Sustainability Education Linked With Ecotourism in Langkawi Geopark”.
  • Davao, the Philippines: Demonstration site on “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao”.
  • Ifugao Rice Terraces, the Philippines: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras”.
  • Langat River Basin, Malaysia: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Managing Langat River, Malaysia for Future”.

All these sites are nominated as UNESCO Designated Sites: Biosphere Reserves, forming a World Network of biodiversity conservation, research and development which is the core of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme; World Heritage Sites, protected under the World Heritage Convention, and; UNESCO Global Geoparks, under the International Geosciences and Geoparks Programme (IGGP). Two sites are HELP (Hydrology for Environment, Life and Policy) river basins from the International Hydrological Programme (IHP).

Furthermore, during the Synthesis Workshop of the project “Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)” and the project “Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)” (2-4 November 2016 in Langkawi, Malaysia), discussions on policy aspects had taken place among ASEAN Member States (AMS) and wider UNESCO network. Representatives discussed pathways to implement sustainability science approach through exchanges on current environmental sustainability programmes in the different AMS and how the lessons learned at the demonstration sites’ level could be upscaled and translated into sustainability policies at national level.

With such development, a dedicated policy workshop to integrate sustainability science into policies for AMS is seen important, drawing upon the results of demonstration sites and policy recommendations thereof, in order to assist AMS in formulating biodiversity conservation and sustainability-related strategy in respective countries. The policy workshop will also provide the opportunity to discuss how to improve UNESCO Designated Sites and ASEAN Heritage Parks management based on sustainability science concept to ensure sustainable economic and social development of the specially designated areas.

In this regards, the current workshop “Strengthening Science-Policy-Society Interface for Implementing Sustainability Science for Biodiversity Conservation in ASEAN and Asia Pacific Region” is being organised under the project “Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy” (SHARP) financially assisted by Malaysia Funds-In-Trust, and the project on “Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)” financially assisted by Japanese Funds-in-Trust. This activity is carried out within the ASEAN-UNESCO Framework Agreement of Cooperation (FAC) and associated Indicative Joint Programme of Action 2014-2018.


Scope of the workshop
This workshop is the final activity of the two projects mentioned above. The first day aims at showcasing sustainability and biodiversity in ASEAN through UNESCO Designated Sites and ASEAN Heritage Parks, policy recommendations from SHARP sustainability science demonstration projects, and science-policy-society integration for ASEAN countries. The second day will bring the discussions to a broader context for Asia and the Pacific region by sharing the outputs from the STAR sustainability science demonstration projects, with a broader focus on the implementation for water related issues on UNESCO sites.

This workshop will bring around 70-75 partners and stakeholders from demonstration sites project, ASEAN Member States (AMS), the Philippines government, International Hydrology Programme and Man and the Biosphere National Committees, academician and sustainability science experts, as well as UNESCO partners in Asia and the Pacific region.
The workshop will be held on 19-20 June 2017 in Manila, the Philippines.


Workshop objectives

  • To disseminate the results of SHARP project to ASEAN Member Countries in order to enhance understanding on how sustainability science approach can assist sites, including UNESCO Designated Sites and ASEAN Heritage Parks, in conserving biodiversity specifically and in improving protected areas management generally, by addressing socio-environmental stressors to ensure sustainable economic and social development for more sustainable and resilient future.
  • To strengthen the link among UNESCO Designated Sites and ASEAN Heritage Parks.
  • To disseminate and discuss the results of STAR project by sharing successful stories on sustainability science demonstration sites in Asia and the Pacific region. To further discuss among regional UNESCO Science programs’ networks how Sustainability Science can support the delivery of Agenda 2030.
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Conference Participants

Ai Sugiura delivers her presentation on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, World Heritage and Geoparks sites as sustainable development models


Agenda

Day 1 – 19 JUNE 2017

TIME AGENDA RESOURCE PERSONS
8:30 9:00 Registration of participants
OPENING SESSION
9:00 9:05 Opening by MC Ms Claudia Binondo
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
9:05 9:15 Welcome Address Atty. Roberto V. Oliva
Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
9:15 9:25 Welcome Remarks Prof. Shahbaz Khan
Director and Representative, UNESCO Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
9:25 9:35 Remarks from Japanese National Commission for UNESCO Video remarks from
Mr. Kazuaki Kawabata, Secretary General, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO
9:35 9:45 Remarks from Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO Ms. Roslinda Binti Mat Musa
Programme Officer, Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO
9:45 9:55 Remarks from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim
Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau
9:55 10:35 Tea Break, Photo Session and Sustainability Science Publications launching
SESSION 1: Sustainability and Biodiversity Conservation in ASEAN – Chair: Prof Shahbaz Khan (UNESCO)
10:35 11:05 Presentation of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, World Heritage  and Geoparks sites as sustainable development models Dr Ai Sugiura
UNESCO Office Jakarta
11:05 11:35 Presentation on integrating science-policy-society through ASEAN Heritage Parks Dr. Filiberto Pollisco, Jr.
Programme Specialist for Conservation Policy and Research
11:35 12:05 Challenges and issues in ASEAN in the context of biodiversity conservation with the dynamic economic development in each country -part 1- ASEAN Member States

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Malaysia

and all participants

12:05 13:05 LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 2 : Panel Discussion on Sustainability and Biodiversity Conservation in ASEAN – Chair: Ms Clarissa Arida (ACB)
13:05 14:15 Challenges and issues in ASEAN in the context of biodiversity conservation with the dynamic economic development in each country -part 2- ASEAN Member States

  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Myanmar

and all participants

14:15 15:00 Group discussion 1:
- The challenges of being a multi-designated site (UNESCO and ASEAN) for local development
- How being a site (UNESCO or ASEAN) can contribute to biodiversity conservation (and does being a site challenge local development?)
ASEAN Member States and all participants
15:00 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 16:00 Group discussion 2:
- How to link sites’ management and policies?
- And how do policies and sites’ management interact at different level and scales (top-down or bottom up?)
ASEAN Member States and all participants
16:00 17:00 Reporting from groups and synthesis Group representatives
17:00 17:30 Synthesis and Closing of day 1 UNESCO and ACB Secretariat


Day 2 –  20 JUNE 2017

TIME AGENDA RESOURCE PERSONS
8:30 9:00 Registration of participants
SESSION 3 : Sustainability Science implementation for water related issues on UNESCO designated sites –STAR and SHARP’s demonstration sites by UNESCO partners – Chair: Prof Helmi (Andalas University)
9:00 9:00 Opening Ms Trita Katriana & Ms Aulia Rahmawati
UNESCO Office Jakarta
9:00 9:20 Presentation on STAR Sustainability Science Implementation Guidelines Dr Ai Sugiura
UNESCO Office Jakarta
9:20 9:40 Presentation on Sustainability Science Framework developed by Social and Human Sciences unit of UNESCO Jakarta Mr Irakli Khodeli
UNESCO Office Jakarta (via teleconference)
9:40 10:00 Presentation on Integrative Socio-environmental framework on each demonstration sites by UNESCO partner Prof. Tahmina Rashid
University of Canberra
10:00 10:30 Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras (supported by STAR project) Prof. Ivan Henares
IH&MD HERITAGE+TOURISM Consultant company
10:30 10:50 Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Managing Langat River, Malaysia for Future (supported by STAR project) Dr. Rahmah Elfithri
LESTARI Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
and
Mr. Nor Zamri Bin Sondor
LUAS
10:50 11:05 Tea Break
11:05 11:35 Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Enhancing Angkor World Heritage Site and Siem Reap City Water Systems (supported by STAR and SHARP projects) Ms. Maria Iniguez de Hereida
UNESCO Phnom Penh
11:35 11:55 Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao (supported by SHARP project) Dr. Anthony Sales and Ms. Ludivina Porticos
HELP DAVAO
11:55 12:15 Establishment of Sustainability Science Demonstration Site on Water and Environmental Sustainability Education Linked With Ecotourism in Langkawi Geopark (supported by SHARP project) Dr. Rahmah Elfithri
LESTARI Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
12:15 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 4: Sustainability Science on UNESCO designated sites, lessons learnt and way forward – Chair: Dr Filiberto Pollisco, Jr.
14:00 14:20 Framework for Practicing Sustainability Science at Local Level and its Continuous Generation: A case of building local government and community capacity to address social impact of environmental changes in Indonesia Prof. Helmi
Andalas University
14:20 14:40 Presentation on Ogasawara Island World Heritage as a model of Sustainable Development Mr. Seishi Nabesaka
Japan Water Agency
14:40 15:40 Panel discussion on Sustainability Science in the region Prof. Roberto Ranola
Representative from Future Earth Asia Pacific
Prof. Soonchang Yoon
Representative from Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia-AASSA
Atty. Roberto V. Oliva
Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (tbc)
Prof. Shahbaz Khan
Director and Representative, UNESCO
Prof. Tahmina Rashid
University Canberra
Prof. Helmi
Andalas University
15:40 15:50 Lessons learnt and way forward Chair: Dr Filiberto Pollisco, Jr.
CLOSING SESSION
15:50 15:55 Closing Address Atty. Roberto V. Oliva
Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
15:55 16:00 Closing Remarks Prof. Shahbaz Khan
Director and Representative, UNESCO Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
16:00 16:25 Coffee Break

 

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